Lose Weight Naturally – Healthy Eating Strategies That Will Improve Your Nutrition and Your Life

One of the things that I commonly encounter when I speak with other women about weight loss is their utter frustration with where they are compared with where they were when they were younger. It seems we all have these memories of ourselves in our more slender days branded on our brains and we can’t seem to get rid of those more physically flattering images of us in those cute designer jeans and form-fitting mini skirts. Yes, we all have these desires and plans to lose that weight that has mercilessly crept…no…jumped up on us and threaten to overtake us if we don’t fight back. Many women really do have the desire to do something to lose those unwanted pounds, but just can’t seem to put things together to see results they want…at least not for very long and without major struggle.

Often times there are legitimate efforts to lose weight, but there seems to be some poor nutritional habits that have crept in and sabotaged their weight loss efforts. Our discussion tends to come back to one central issue…their snack habits. I might ask them a question about the types of foods they eat and the types of responses I receive indicate that they’ve been a little naughty when it comes to indulging their guilty pleasures. I will then talk to them more about what they can do to improve their nutrition and their chances of successful weight loss. The one big issue that tends to trip them up, and which I will center the rest of this article around is why they would have trouble making healthier choices when it comes to making the wise decision day after day. Why do they tend to repeatedly trip over the junk food pile when working toward their weight loss goal? Is it because they don’t have any self-control? Are they weak-minded, or without any will power?

Why Is It So Hard For Americans To Adopt Healthy Eating Strategies?

There are so many reasons that I can think of, but one that comes to mind is that our busy lifestyles keep us focused on everything else except healthy nutrition DiƤt. It just seems that we’ve always got something going on in our lives. If you’ve got small children at home like I do, then it becomes even more challenging to eat well. With more people working longer hours at the office or working two or more jobs, the ability of millions of Americans to get quality nutrition will be even further compromised in the years to come. Unfortunately, this will pose a huge problem for us all.

Another reason why it’s so difficult for us to adopt healthy eating strategies is that over the years of our lives, we’ve adopted and have mastered some very poor eating habits. Many of us grew up in families where high fat, high sodium, and fiber-deficient meals were the norm, rather than the exception. Some families had traditions that included large family gatherings with tons of food on a weekly basis. Talk about unhealthy choices. For many Americans, the habits that have been formed and “cemented” in our brains from all of the years of poor nutritional choices can seem almost impossible to break.

Additionally, I believe that most people, when asked will tell you that they would love to eat better than they currently do. For many of them, however, the major issue is support and accountability. I know of so many people, myself included, who would start a new eating plan and then after a few weeks, would find themselves back at square one wondering what happened to all of that excitement and hope. What is important to understand when a new eating plan is started is that there has to be an appropriate support system in place, and there must be someone else available for accountability since we are prone to travel down the wrong path, especially when we’ve grown so accustomed to a particular pattern of eating that included certain foods that we are now trying to de-emphasize in our daily eating plans.

How Can Poor Nutritional Habits Sabotage Your Health

With the massive health-care problems that we currently face, and with the majority of Americans moving into the golden years of their lives, there is a great need for us to re-evaluate our eating habits and take action right now to change them. We all know about the impact of poor nutrition on our health, but many of us tend to believe that we’re somehow immune to it. It’s amazing how much differently I view life now than I did when I was in my teens. Back then, I felt I could eat everything my little heart desired because I was young and I didn’t really care about healthy eating or about my figure. Fast forward to today…now, I can feel the effects of poor eating on my body almost instantly. When I find myself eating out more than usual due to a busy week, my body now “speaks” to me in ways that let me know that my diet is not what it should be. I’m glad for those signals because it then gives me the opportunity to get my eating back on track.

What I have found as I have counseled other women is that their lives tend to be perpetually busy, and they can’t seem to truly commit themselves to healthy eating during this season of their lives. I totally understand them, however, I can’t seem to shake the thought that today may be all that we have and we’re not promised tomorrow. I know of so many people my age who are already dealing with difficult health conditions and diseases due to poor eating habits. Thus, we really owe it to ourselves to begin adopting healthy eating strategies today. If we take the mindset that we’ll do it tomorrow, we might end up acting too little too late. Though it may be difficult to commit to healthy eating, I think it’s critical to a long and healthy life to take some small yet progressive steps to improve your nutrition. It will make a world of difference, and when you do, you’ll find that it’s not as difficult as you thought it would be, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. So, what can you do today to help yourself?